Town theft leads to security review

LAPTOPS containing highly-sensitive Ipswich Town information have been stolen from the club's training ground, it emerged last night.

Derek Davis

LAPTOPS containing highly-sensitive Ipswich Town information have been stolen from the club's training ground, it emerged last night.

During the weekend that the Blues were beaten at rivals Norwich City an opportunist thief walked into the coaches' room at the Playford Road facility and took two laptops and camcorder.

Police were called and it is believed the offender entered via an unlocked door and took the items while Academy games were being played.

The laptops belonged to first team coach Bryan Klug and reserve team manager Chris Kiwomya and contain intelligence about the team's tactics and coaching methods.

Information stored would also include scouting reports on players and the opposition, training schedules and tactical set ups.

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It is believed the theft happened sometime between 4.05pm last Saturday and 9am on Monday.

A club spokesman last night confirmed: “We are aware there was an incident regarding a theft from the training ground over that weekend.

“Police were called and have investigated and are working with our security people.

“The club is now reviewing the security systems at the training ground.”

Although there is no suggestion any of the information on the laptops has been accessed and passed on, the Blues lost 2-0 at Norwich and after beating Bristol City 3-1 in midweek lost again on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Cardiff City.

Police were also called to Portman Road on Tuesday night after a fight broke out between three men attending a private function but no further action was taken.

Security staff at the club prevented a partygoer taking home a small Christmas tree on the same evening.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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